The Kansas City Royals have not exactly been looking like defending World Series champions as of late with the team dropping five of their last six games. Those six games have seen the Royals outscored 27-11 while being held scoreless twice. Kauffman Stadium will play host a three-game series that kicks off Monday between the Royals and Washington Nationals.
Edinson Volquez will take to the mound for the Royals Monday following his worst outing of the season. Volquez allowed 12 hits and eight earned runs through just 5.0 innings when he took on the LA Angels last time out. Outside of that game, Volquez has only allowed three earned runs through 24.2 innings.
The Nationals will send Gio Gonzalez to the bump Monday with the lefty coming off an incredibly hot first month. Through his first four starts this season, Gonzalez has posted a 1.42 ERA with a 25-to-7 strikeout-to-walks ratio.